Calling all lovers of Lydiard …
Do you enjoy reading time-slip novels? Or perhaps you like a murder mystery. Or maybe historical romance is your cup of tea. Well the Woman in the Lake ticks all these boxes and what’s more it is set in Lydiard House and Swindon’s Old Town.
International bestselling novelist and member of the Friends of Lydiard Park, Nicola Cornick, has brought together her extensive knowledge of the 18th century and Lydiard House to create a story of intrigue, betrayal and murder in this her latest novel.
Nicola’s previous two novels both have a local connection; House of Shadows is set against a backdrop of Ashdown House near Ashbury on the Berkshire Downs where Nicola is a volunteer guide while the Phantom Tree has a number of Wiltshire locations including Marlborough, Savernake Forest and Wolf Hall.
But for Swindonians and lovers of Lydiard, it doesn’t get more local than the Woman in the Lake. Friends will recognise scenes set in Lydiard House and Park and the characters of Lord and Lady Gerard might sound familiar, too.
As the scene shifts between the 18th and 21st centuries readers will be transported along with Fenella Brightwell and lady’s maid Constance from the recently remodelled Lydiard House to a modern apartment in the refurbished Vilett House. Take a walk past the old mill on the Goddard estate but keep a watchful eye out for the infamous Mr. Binks.
Join Nicola when she will be talking about the inspiration and her research for the Woman in the Lake at Lydiard House during the Swindon Festival of Literature in May.